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“Murder at Cafe Noir” Auditions

14088430_1200264823327406_612936672667014888_nThe Royal Players will hold auditions for Murder at Café Noir by David Landau on Friday, September 9 (7-9 p.m.) and Saturday, September 10 (10 am-noon) at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market in downtown Benton.
Directed by Frank O. Butler, this production is for the one-night Civitan Services Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre to be held October 27 at the Benton Events Center.
Described as a “fast and funny satire,” Murder at Café Noir is a comic tribute to the Bogart movies of the 1940’s with musical interludes, and uses a cast of four men and three women ages 18-65 (details below).
Please prepare 16-32 bars of music to sing (please provide sheets), and there will be cold readings from the script. If you are interested in auditioning, but cannot make these dates, please inform Susan Dill at, and we will try to make other arrangenments. Theater phone is 501-315-5483 and the website is

List of Characters –

RICK ARCHER – a private eye who’s always wanted to be Bogart or Mitchum in one of those 40s film noir movies, and has not gotten his chance.
MADAM TOREAU – a lady who’s seen it all while managing the Cafe Noir – where everything is for sale.
SHEILA WONDERLY – her real name is Sheilda Schickelmeier. Once a spoiled rich girl, she took a job at Cafe Noir and learned about life the hardest way of all, becoming hardened in the process.
ANTHONY CAIRO – a dealer in the black market working Cafe Noir to avoid the St. Vincent police. He has two scars, one on either side of his face.
MARIE LARUE – the Creole illegitimate daughter of a Voodoo priestess and a St. Vincent’s political figure. She sells spells and fortunes at Cafe Noir.
SIMON GUTTERMAN – a British barrister who lost his standing when he became implicated in a scandal of having affairs with wealthy female clients. He now caters to the clientele of Cafe Noir. Simon is always looking for a quick way to make it to the top.

THURSBY – a two bit gun runner.
VANGILDER – a Dutch blackmailer.
RIGFIELD – a British cop from St. Vincent.

THURSBY, VANGILDER and RIGFIELD are all played by the same actor.

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